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By: gunter habets over 9 years ago

EDIT: I meant the September 22, 1989 gig in Washington D.C. (FLS #0135)

By: gunter habets over 9 years ago

This recording features the third and last of the Italian shows in 1988 which are currently available. It documents the Fugazi gig at the El Paso in Torino, before the band would head North-West to play another string of shows in France and the United Kingdom.
From what I gather through the Italian Wikipedia page, the El Paso is an anarchist squat in Torino which allegedly has been of great importance for the development of the local hardcore punk scene, even though it seems to have lost its key significance over the years.
Originally, the building itself is stated to have housed a kindergarten, built in 1883 by the richest families in Torino, for the children of farmers. Expansion and renovation of the property took place in 1953, preserving the exterior architectural style of the old building, which can be seen in the photograph included here.
Due to bureaucratic obstacles, it closed in 1982 after which it was abandoned. Since late 1987, the structure has been occupied, originally in temporary agreement with the municipality, now de facto illegally.
The squat is said to derive its name from the street where it is located, Via Passo Buole, and includes a hall for concerts and screenings, a documentation center and bar among other things.
Personally I feel this is definitely the best sounding recording of the three available Italian Fugazi shows in 1988. The set list has a nice flow to it as well, and the performance itself is quite solid overall, with the exception of Margin Walker which is marred because of some timing issues.

By: gunter habets over 9 years ago

Still, this particular recording doesn’t really win me over, mainly because the audience is hardly audible in the mix and nothing much seems to be going on in terms of interaction between band and audience up until Interlude 3. As a result, I find that a significant part of the recording is a bit lackluster.
The hate5six manifesto (see http://hate5six.com/index.php) accurately portrays my general feelings about the matter where it states that “[a] band's live performance tells a story about a particular moment in time relative to a particular audience.” Not being quite able to grasp what is going on audience-wise while taking in this particular recording, therefore definitely compromises the dynamics of it in my humble opinion.
However, And The Same eventually does light this show up, and it can be mentioned that it is the only live rendering of this song during the 1988 European tour. The song actually hadn't been played since the May 13, 1988 show in Spokane in the state of Washington (see FLS #0029) and would not make its return until the December 22, 1989 gig in Washington D.C. (see FLS #0135), having been turned into a two-guitar song in the meantime.
Suggestion starts out promising as it builds and builds and the band cedes the mic to a woman in the audience to join in. Unfortunately, the intermezzo soon falls flat since the guest vocalist basically just sticks to repeating “fuck you” over and over again.
This recording also includes the very last performance of The Word to date. And it is a notable version at that, since Ian completely butchers the song about 2 minutes in because he "had his dick pulled by a woman". The song then gradually picks up again and the band does finish it this time around.
Glueman concludes the gig and is my personal highlight considering Guy’s feverish vocals and the extended noise outro by Ian on guitar.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0080 Fugazi Torino Italy 11/20/1988

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Show Date:
 El Paso
Recorded by
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
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1. Burning
2. Lockdown
3. Bad Mouth
4. Song #1
5. Bulldog Front
6. Break-In
7. Interlude 1
8. Waiting Room
9. Interlude 2
10. Turn Off Your Guns
11. Margin Walker
12. Furniture
13. In Defense of Humans
14. Interlude 3
15. And The Same
16. Suggestion
17. Give Me The Cure
18. The Word
19. Glueman

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